Housing Minister Dr. Mohammed Muizzu Sunday announced that by July 9, the concrete works at the Male end of the landmark bridge would reach and connect with the Hulhule end, marking the completion of all concrete works of the landmark bridge that is being developed between the capital city Male City and the airport island Hulhule.
In a press conference held by the ruling party, he had updated on the current construction stage of the bridge stating that the construction of the I-beams towards the capital city will be complete by the end of this week, and the construction of decks will also be completed by the end of May. He also remarked that work would progress in this pace with the construction on both ends of the bridge finally connecting by July 9.
“Both ends would be connected by July 9. The bridge will be physically connected to walk on or to use in any other way. All concrete works will also be concluded.”
Minister Muizzu said that after reaching this point the last stage of the works would commence; this includes paving the bridge with tar and fixing of lights. He also assured that with the last stages progressing under a schedule, the bridge would be completed and open before the presidential election of 2018.
The agreement between the two countries state that the bridge must be completed by the end of September 2018, but the housing ministry has declared that the project can be finished by July this year as the project was progressing ahead of schedule.
The total expense of the project amounts to USD 200 million, out of which USD 116 million is provided as free aid by the Chinese government. China has also loaned USD 72 million while the Maldives’ government is bearing USD 12 million of the project.